Seventeen-year-old Charli D’Amelio and her twenty-year-old sister Dixie, are two Gen Z sisters living in Los Angeles; they get on each other’s nerves, spend too long on their phones and enjoy sleepers with their friends.
But they also happen to have hundreds of millions of followers watching and commenting on their every move who help fund a lifestyle of fancy cars, clothes, hair and makeup. If you’re thinking that all this sounds very “Keeping up With the Kardashians”, – you’re not far off.
On “The D’Amelio Show,” the D’Amelios allow full access into their lives, which have experienced disruption in the last two years due to a sudden rise to stardom thanks to videos sharing app TikTok.
The series isn’t just about the sisters’ lavish lifestyle, fame does come with a downside, and the tolls of life in the limelight are apparent. “Anxiety marks” appear on Charli’s neck while she’s hanging out with friends, and Dixie struggles with sleeplessness and nausea – symptoms she explains of her anxiety. Both sisters admit to being wary of leaving the house.
“I feel like I’ve had a constant anxiety attack for the last four years. It just never ends. It’s always there,” Charli says as she explains how everything happened by accident, and now somehow they just have to accept and get on with it.
Alongside daily business meetings and planning her work schedule for the entire year, there is navigating the hateful comments the sisters face every day. The nasty comments posted across social media are scattered throughout the series to reveal that this can be a dark career.
“The D’Amelio Show” documents the highs, but mostly the lows of being the “queen of TikTok.” It is hard to watch Dixie D’Amelio uncontrollably sob on her bed as she tells her parents that everyone picks apart everything she says and does. It is scenes like this that are why the show begins with a trigger warning for discussions of mental health challenges, including conversations about suicide. Neither the sisters nor their parents are appropriately equipped to deal with the level of fame they are experiencing.
The D’Amelios may appear to live in a make-believe world of fame and fortune, but the dark, anxiety-riddled world of hatred they experience at the same time is without a doubt very, very real.
The D’Amelio Show premieres on Hulu on Friday, Sep. 3. And internationally on Disney+
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